I think I'm stuck! I'm not sure what else I could be feeding my 10 month old. She LOVES diced watermelon, cantaloupe, banana, and cheerios. She tolerates peas and avoids carrots. Her pediatrician hasn't given then okay on anything dairy or strawberries. I think we're going to wait until she's 12months to start introducing meat & chicken. Does anyone have any good ideas? Thanks!!
Any fruits and vegetables. I've used mostly frozen and canned because it's more convenient. Crackers and graham crackers. Cheese (dice it pretty small). Yogurt (from whole milk...like Stoneyfield Farms). Kix cereal and Gerber puffs. Toast. Cooked pasta and rice.
We just recently began giving dd (also 10mths old) gerber's diced peaches (cut in half). They're extremely soft for dd to gum down and swallow. We tried the diced carrots but she seemed to gag on those. In addition to all of the above mentioned, we also give dd Mott's applesauce (the no-sugar variety), cottage cheese, pieces of whole wheat bread, scrambled egg yolks, and tastes of whatever we are eating. Depending on what I'm cooking for dinner, sometimes I'll grind up a tiny bit of what we're having and offer that to her. Lately, we've been trying to migrate her off the gerber jar stuff and onto the big-kid stuff where she can feed herself.
Butternut squash and applesauce!!! sounds odd but mine LOVES it! gerber puffs, mum-mum's, avacado, pear, papaya, mango, mine loves all that stuff! It's easy to gum and if it's not quite ripe enough you can steam it for a bit... If she doesn't like veggies (which is often the case) I just stir in applesauce and she likes it! It's my current favorite secret ingrdient for everything And keep trying... I find that one day mine doesn't like it and the next day she's all for it! Depends on her mood I guess I also have been able to bribe her a bit lately... if she takes a bite of something new then she gets a Gerber puff... I often find that once she's tried the new stuff she ends up liking it more then the puf or cheerio! Good luck!
EV is 1/3 formula, 1/3 gerber and 1/3 soft foods (favorites being bananas and avocado). One thing I'm not sure about is how soft does something have to be since she doesn't have teeth yet. I haven't quite found that answer of what is safe or easy when she's still gumming food. My Ped suggested things like grated low-fat cheese and cheerios soaked in formula or low-fat milk. Really? I'd just hate for her to choke. What else is gummable?
As long as you know what to do in case she chokes, don't sweat it so much. My 13-month-old daughter still only has her bottom 2 teeth which doesn't allow for much chewing and grinding of food. She's eating various meats (cut very small so it's no big deal if she swallows it whole), various vegetables and fruits, and pasta/rice/cracker/bread/toast. She gums it pretty well. She's never had any serious choking incidents. As long as you're with her and you know what to do JUST IN CASE, start offering her things that are diced pretty small. (My husband was really concerned about giving her meat. I told him as long as he cut it small enough to fit up his nose it would be no big deal. That was reassuring to him somehow, and we've had no trouble.)
Try the book "Blender Baby Food" by Nicole Young. It was the easiest for me to use, and it had a ton of meal ideas.
Whatever foods you are eating that are on your OK list, give the baby; just chop them up. Try avocado. It is soft and most kids love it. Cheerios are good and small pieces of pasta. If you are avoiding wheat you can try rice pasta.
Mine also loves lentils and pea soup.
Been expanding my 11-month-old daughter's menu lately so here are some options that don't require teeth:
Rice is easy, even if it's plain, same with potatoes as long as it's diced and cooked long enough but just before they get mushy as a slight texture is okay. Ditto with pasta like macaroni or little shells which make good finger food.
Bread, whether white or wheat, is handy. So are flour tortillas.
The YoBaby yogurt mixed with rice cereal is great too.
She's just started eating meat (besides the Gerber #3 jars) so ground turkey and chicken, usually mixed with rice or potatoes and peas and/or carrots make a good meal.
Shredded cheese is a good quick snack, like cheddar or swiss. Haven't tried cottage cheese but was told it's okay.
The usual banana and avocado slices are easy as they're already soft and of course healthy.
Finally until egg whites are okayed by dr, egg yolks are good just scrambled.